A new study claims leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of diabetes by 75 per cent.
Researchers from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology investigated 14 studies that included 1.1 million people for the study. Proper nutrition, regular exercise and no smoking were major reasons many people did not suffer from the condition that is becoming increasingly common.
Adopting healthy habits reduced a person's risk of diabetes by 61 per cent. They also had a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer by 52 per cent. Researchers also found those who exercised and ate well the most have a 75 per cent reduced risk of developing diabetes.
Change of lifestyle is key to diabetes prevention, according to the researchers. "Diabetes complications, particularly cardiovascular disease, are the leading cause of illness and death amongst individuals with type 2 diabetes," researchers of the study told a news portal.
"Prevention of the condition and its long-term adverse outcomes is [therefore] urgently needed.
"We encourage people to adopt healthy living habits for example as regards diet, activity, smoking and drinking."
Experts believe studies need to focus on how healthy habits can prevent type 2 diabetes in young children. 'We also know it can make managing the condition more difficult for those who have it. But this research highlights the impact other lifestyle factors can have on our overall health and our risk of early death," Dr Faye Riley, research communications officer at Diabetes UK, told a news portal. Adding, "We know being overweight or obese is a significant risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes."
Riley further explained:"Crucially, this research reinforces the message that – in addition to maintaining a healthy weight – making lifestyle choices such as eating a healthy, balanced diet, taking regular physical activity, and avoiding smoking and excessive drinking, are vital for living well with type 2 diabetes."
Adding, "But making the healthy choice isn't always the easy choice, which is why the Government needs to focus on making these choices easier for everyone by investing in strategies that encourage all of us to move more and eat better."
The study's findings were originally published in the journal Diabetologia.
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